A few semesters ago I served on a college panel on the topic of cosmology. My role was to offer a theological perspective. With me were professors representing chemistry, physics and biology. Each panelist spoke of creation with theories going back to the Big Bang, approx. 13. 8 billion years. Not holding to a literalist Biblical interpretation of the creation story, I had no problem listening to and accepting the science of my fellow panelists. One offered the provocative theory that there may have been a Big Bang before the Big Bang. New instruments had picked up energy waves suggesting a pre-Big Bang. Try to wrap your mind around that!
I am a ‘cosmological theist’, in that I believe/sense that great mystery called God, is in the midst of this ever-expanding cosmological study. The poetry in Genesis 1: 1, 2 reflects the awesome and humbling nature of the cosmos:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.’
The poet who wrote Genesis, reflects the truth that the most sensitive scientific instruments and most brilliant scientific minds, can only begin to glimpse the intricacy and grandeur of the cosmos. Photos from the Hubble telescope reinforce this sense of wonder.
It is clear that something/someone/some combination of elements birthed the cosmos. Scientists offer any number of hypothesis. I’m open to the case that the next scientist brings, as a result of even more sophisticated instruments. A great example is hearing the residual sound from millions of years ago, of a black hole collapsing into another black hole.
Such enormity is enough to humble one into silence. Perhaps the meeting ground for science and theology is humility. Humility before a cosmological creation story that is bigger and greater than any of us can yet imagine. It’s enough to bring the words of an ancient hymn to our lips: ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty’.